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pablophotographer 6 931 333
11 May 2012 7:15PM
Hi and welcome to ephotozine!

A promising start! You have uploaded a pleasant, well-focused image.

I like the way you have positioned your model. You will hear people referring to the rule of thirds, positioning your subject towards one third of the width (or the length) of the picture. You can still break the rules and have nice images also.

There are at least two things you might get criticism. One is the watermark. Colour-wise it fits but does it benefit the image? I think not. Very few people use it.

The other has to do with the light. Photography actually means "writing with light". Get the lighting right is the most important aspect you should pay attention to.
Using natural light is challenging while making indoor portraits, especially as I feel it was a cloudy day when you shot it (I say so because the light appears too flat not only on her but also on the wall behind her). The existence of a unique source of light on one side only has created quite a big shadow on the side of her nose and lower right side of her face and shoulder.

It could have been fixed by the use of either a reflector (mirror/or other material, even a roll of kitchen foil could have helped) or what is called a fill in flash or an external flash. Even your own camera's flash with a diffuser could have had improved the lighting and lighten all of her. I don't know what options this semi-pro camera offers but it is worth practicing with them.

I would also try a black and white version it would have evened the introduction of other colours (red) from the painting behind her. That said, I miht had removed the painting or had shot a bit lower to exclude it.

You are more than welcome to see my blog or my critique on pictures.

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Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
11 May 2012 7:36PM
Great shot !!....lovely quality, with a nice 'sparkle' in the eyes !!!....the framing adds to the 'oomph', being nicely offset !!

My only concern is with the background ?.....just a bit too intrusive.......If it were mine I would desaturate the colour of the wall-painting (I'm using Adobe PSE8), then make
a selection of all the background, & apply about 30 pixels of Gaussian Blur......this would 'defocus' it more, which would make it 'retreat' farther from the subject, & make
the girl even more prominent...............

Apart from that minor point it's a corker !!

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